I finally put the borders on my Carolina Crossroads quilt today. I used Bonnie's no-math method for the first time and they turned out great, so she has yet another convert! I still need to put together a backing and the binding, but at least the top is done. I want to do the backing and binding and keep them with the top so that when I finally get back to longarming I can just grab the next in line and go!
Speaking of longarming, I bought Dawn Ramirez' Pajama Quilter DVD because Mary was having too much fun with hers! And I can say that now I know why -- what a fabulous find. Dawn has lots of tips for beginners and beyond on machine quilting freehand. I even went out and bought a bigger whiteboard so I could actually practice easier (instead of having to erase every foot!)
My quilt guild's newsletter editor had to give up the job this month because of other commitments, so I volunteered to finish the year (which just started). I was actually going to volunteer last year when they were filling offices, but Nel had already said she would do it again. She's done a great job. But I'm looking forward to the work. It makes me focus on quilty stuff and it's actually a lot of fun. I used to be the editor a few years back.
JR got his stitches out yesterday afternoon and is cone-head free now! He's still "letting" us carry him upstairs, but he can actually do it himself. We're supposed to keep him from jumping and running around for 3 months -- yeah, like that's going to be an easy job! We can take him out on a leash for now, so that helps some. Thankfully, the weather is too cold for him to be out running around anyway.
Steve is doing well this week, his first of radiation and chemo. They've given me the dates I'll be driving him to Madison, which are not that many -- he really has found out what super friends he has -- these guys are even taking days off work to share in the driving duties.
Witnessing the impact my son has made on the lives of others. If we're lucky, we only know the impact we've made on our own families in the end and can only imagine the impact we've made on other's lives. Steve's finding out now and it's blowing us all away!